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running until March 2023

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It has come to light that in Horsham District's towns and villages, people have complained of a mass melancholy affecting mood and enjoyment. You should know that this is the Grey Shadow, our nemesis, at work, keen to drain the colour from our landscape and infuse jaded misery on the good folk of this beautiful land.

The Curators’ Alliance is entrusted to protect the special seeds that are an antidote to misery. When combined, the seeds create a formula known as ASHENPIPS. The Grey Shadow is keen to destroy the formula!

Join us Secret Seekers and help bring back the seeds so that they can be secured inside the Cabinet of Cures and, in doing so, protect the happiness of future generations.

Click on the town name to see the trail and download the trail map.

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  • Visit the town library*, collect your Mystery Trail** and look at the Curator’s workspace to start the quest

  • Explore the town and solve the puzzles in any order – It’s not timed unless you want it to be!

  • Need an extra clue? Hints are by the space for your answers

  • Once you’ve solved all the clues, return to the Curator’s workspace to uncover the final answer.

  • You'll also find a message waiting for you... Solve the numerical puzzle to discover the phone number

  • Enter the library* and whisper the name of the seed you have found to a member of staff, and they will reward you with a sticker to be placed on the back of your Curators' Alliance notebook

  • Complete all seven town trails and show your stickers at any collection point to receive your eighth bonus sticker

  • Once you have all eight stickers reassemble the letters on each to spell the secret word that unlocks the final chapter of Answare and the Curators' Alliance Cabinet of Cures.


*If the library is closed, check the notice in the window of the Curator’s workspace for an alternative collection point


**Mystery Trails can also be downloaded from the towns pages - click on the map

Answare Gladwish

President of the Curators' Alliance

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Whistlestop Arts have created seven FREE outdoor mystery trail games across the Horsham District. These immersive and exciting trails have broad appeal; play as a family, with friends, or use them as a team-building exercise.


We need YOU!
If you like outdoor adventures, solving puzzles, or doing escape rooms, you will love our Mystery Trails. Join Answare, President of the Curators' Alliance, to help solve the district mystery on one or more of our seven interactive town trails.

What are the MYSTERY TRAILS?
Watch our video below...

Horsham District Mystery Trails are designed for families (8+), young people and adults.

Stay for food and drink, browse the shops, explore the library, local heritage and discover the hidden gems of each town.

Click the logo to join the Curators’ Alliance.

You'll receive newsletters from Answare, bonus information and prize draw details

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Click the logo if you need a little more help!

Agent Meadows will share the

answers to all seven towns.

The ERDF's Welcome Back Fund supports Horsham District Mystery Trails enabling our communities to enjoy their high street businesses, surrounding areas and time spent together.

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